Man dies after being hit by car on A42 close to Ashby in Leicestershire

The fatal collision took place on the A42 in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, June 5). Pictured is a file photo of the main road.
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A man has died after being struck by a car on the A42 during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, June 5). The incident led to the Leicestershire road being closed for several hours.

The collision occurred on the southbound carriageway, near Junction 12 for Packington, close to Ashby, at around 2am today. Officers say the man was seen sitting on the carriageway before the collision took place.

Emergency services from East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Police attended the scene. The man, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The incident led to a complete closure of the A42 in both directions between Junctions 12 and 13 initially. This was later reduced to just the southbound carriageway.

Motorists were advised to steer clear of the area for several hours while investigations were carried out. The road has since been fully reopened, reports Leicestershire Live.

Leicestershire Police have stated that their inquiries into the incident are still in the preliminary stages. They are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the collision or noticed a man standing over the bridge near Junction 12 of the A42.

They are also urging anyone with dashcam footage from the time of the incident to come forward.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 38 of June 5. Alternatively, information can be reported on the force's website.